Aug. 30, 2014

Humberto Sanchez

Bio:

Humberto Sanchez covers the Senate for Roll Call. Prior to joining, he covered the budget and appropriations process for Congress Daily and now NJ Daily for three years.

Humberto previously worked at the Bond Buyer covering state and local budget and finance issues. He also covered the Securities and Exchange Commission for Dow Jones Newswires. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from James Madison University and is also an alumnus of States News Service.

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Stories by Humberto Sanchez:

Romanoff Courts Latinos Crucial to Colorado Race

Aug. 28, 2014

Aurora, Colo. — Outside the Cinema Latino as he campaigned against Rep. Mike Coffman, Democratic House hopeful Andrew Romanoff outlines his strategy for winning over Hispanic voters critical to his chances in the Nov. 4 contest.

Dreamers Ambush Paul Ryan at Colorado Book Signing (Video)

Aug. 28, 2014

Updated 12:56 p.m. | THORNTON, Colo. — Immigration protesters ambushed Rep. Paul D. Ryan Wednesday as the Wisconsin Republican signed books at a Barnes & Noble here.

Dreamers Ambush Paul Ryan at Colorado Book Signing

Aug. 28, 2014

Immigration protesters ambushed Rep. Paul D. Ryan Thursday at a book signing in Thornton, Colo., asking about the lack of congressional action on immigration.

Ryan was confronted by Greisa Martinez, a national organizer with United We Dream.

“I do not understand why you want to deport me and my mother? Why didn’t your party pass immigration reform when you had the opportunity,” she loudly questioned, mentioning the deferred action for childhood arrivals program. “Rep. Ryan, My name is Greisa Martinez I am DACA-mented and I am hear to stay!”

McCaskill to Hold Police Militarization Hearings

Aug. 21, 2014

With lawmakers on the left and right questioning the militarization of law enforcement after two weeks of violence in Ferguson, Mo., Sen. Claire McCaskill announced she will hold hearings next month on the federal programs supplying local authorities with surplus military gear.

Jim Jeffords, Veteran of Three Decades in Congress, Dead at 80

Aug. 18, 2014

Former Sen. Jim Jeffords of Vermont, a longtime Republican who flipped control of the Senate to the Democrats after switching parties in 2001, has died.

50 Senators Call for Moratorium on USPS Facility Closures (Updated)

Aug. 14, 2014

Updated: 5:05 p.m. | A bipartisan group of 50 senators urged appropriators Thursday to include a provision in year-end, catchall spending legislation that would prevent the U.S. Post Office from closing more mail-processing facilities in the next fiscal year.

Dr. No Plans One-Man Blockade on Bills That Add to Deficit

July 31, 2014

Dr. No is at again, despite the jet fumes in the air.

McCain: Lack of Amendments on Border Supplemental 'Unbelievable'

July 31, 2014

As the Senate debated how to proceed to an emergency supplemental spending package to address an influx of child migrants at the Southern border, wildfire suppression and funding for Israel's Iron Dome, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., decried the inability of senators to offer amendments on the bill.

"I say shame on you for not allowing those of us who represent the states that are most affected by this to have an amendment; an amendment voted on. I mean that, that is unbelievable to me."

Republicans after used a budget point of order by Senate Budget Chairman Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to kill the Senate bill 50-44, 10 votes shy of the 60 votes needed.

Senate Fails To Pass Border Supplemental (Video)

July 31, 2014

Updated 7:56 p.m. | The Senate failed to pass a $3.6 billion emergency supplemental spending package, most of which was designed to deal with the tens of thousands children illegally emigrating from Central America.

Senate Passes Highway Patch Boehner Plans to Reject

July 29, 2014

The Senate Tuesday approved a short-term patch to keep funds flowing to highway projects through Dec. 19, but Speaker John A. Boehner has already promised to strip the Senate provisions and send the House-passed bill right back.

Bernie Sanders' New Title: Dealmaker

July 28, 2014

Sen. Bernard Sanders didn’t seem a likely suspect to bridge Washington’s toxic partisan divide and cut one of the most significant deals in years.

Walsh on Plagiarism: 'I Made a Mistake' But Not Due to PTSD

July 25, 2014

Sen. John Walsh said he “made a mistake” when he plagiarized portions of his Masters’ thesis and dismissed possible affects of post-traumatic stress disorder possibly playing a role.

Durbin Puts His Mark on Defense Bill

July 24, 2014

Waging war on smoking, for-profit colleges and tax loopholes may sound like odd subjects for the military spending bill, but not when you consider who is wielding the gavel.

Bob Dole, Veterans Groups Push Disabilities Treaty

July 23, 2014

Despite remaining short of the 67 votes needed to ratify the United Nation’s disability treaty, disabled veterans groups are pushing for a vote to identify the holdouts.

Reid: 'Clear' Health Care Ruling Will be Overturned

July 22, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday echoed the White House's criticism of a federal appeals court ruling, which would restrict the 2010 health care law's subsidies to insurance exchanges formally established by the states, as opposed to those run by the federal government.

"Two activist Republican judges sought to undermine a law that was passed in congress — by congress, upheld by the Supreme Court, that is now benefiting millions of Americans," Reid said at his weekly news conference. "It seems clear to me that that decision will be overturned."

Reid: 'Absurd' Obamacare Decision Vindicates 'Nuclear Option' (Video)

July 22, 2014

Senate Democrats are hoping their use of the “nuclear option” to end a Republican blockade of circuit court nominees last year will help overturn a 2-1 appeals court ruling with the potential to gut Obamacare tax subsidies for millions.

Democrats Tout Walsh Bill to Bring Back Jobs — Without Walsh

July 22, 2014

Politics is overtaking the Senate floor schedule again this week, with a vulnerable Democrat leading the charge on a bill to give tax breaks to employers who return jobs to the United States.

Nomination Backlog Frustrates Administration, Democrats as August Looms

July 21, 2014

A pileup of nominations — particularly for scores of would-be U.S. ambassadors — has the Obama administration pushing hard for Senate action ahead of the August recess, while senators want to get home to campaign before the midterms.

McCain: Putin Should Pay if Separatists Shot Down Malaysia Airlines Plane

July 17, 2014

If it's determined that Ukrainian separatists shot down the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in Eastern Ukraine Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin should face consequences, Sen. John McCain said.

The Arizona Republican said it's too early to know exactly what happened to the plane that reportedly crashed near the Russian border.

"It's an outrageous and incredible act of terrorism that people [should] be held responsible and not only be people directly responsible, but indirectly," McCain said when asked about reports the plane was shot down. "And if these are ... separatists, which are also Russian, Vladimir Putin should be paying a heavy price. But I am not concluding yet that until we find out all the information."

Putin Should Pay if Malaysia Airlines Jet Was Shot Down, McCain Says (Video)

July 17, 2014

If it’s determined that Ukrainian separatists shot down the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in Eastern Ukraine Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin should face consequences, Sen. John McCain said.

Democratic Leaders Plan to Bypass Wyden on Internet Sales Tax Combo Bill (Video)

July 16, 2014

Senate Democratic leaders plan to do an end run around Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden and combine House-passed legislation extending a moratorium on taxing Internet access with a Senate-passed proposal to require online retailers to collect sales tax.

Obama's Embrace of GOP Highway Fix Frustrates Senators Pushing Long-Term Deal

July 16, 2014

A group of Senators focused on forcing action on a new highway bill expressed disappointment with President Barack Obama for backing a House-GOP stopgap measure that they argue would encourage kicking the can down the road.

Harkin's HELP Committee Shows Off the Lost Art of Legislating

July 15, 2014

Ask Sen. Tom Harkin about his committee’s work this Congress and he’s ready to rattle off a key statistic.

Reid: Unemployment Extension Could Get Attached to Supplemental

July 10, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he hopes senators get a chance to add an unemployment extension to the $4.3 billion emergency spending bill.

Senate Filibusters Bipartisan Sportsmen's Bill

July 10, 2014

The bipartisan sportsmen’s bill championed by endangered Sen. Kay Hagan became another election year casualty today with a majority of the Senate refusing to end debate.

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